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What To Do If You Are Worried About A Child >> What is abuse


What is abuse?

Abuse (sometimes known as 'significant harm') can manifest in the following ways:

Physical Abuse
When an adult deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.
 
Emotional Abuse
This would happen, for instance, when a child is all the time being unfairly blamed for everything, or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.
 
Neglect
Where a child or young person is not being looked after properly, for example, not getting enough to eat or being left alone in dangerous situations.
 
Sexual Abuse
An example of sexual abuse would be where a child has been forced to take part in sexual activities or in the taking of rude photos.
 
Bullying
E.g. calling names, damaging property, stealing, spreading rumours, cyberbullying, hurting, getting people into trouble. See the young person’s page on bullying
here
 
Domestic Violence
When one adult in a family or relationship threatens, bullies or hurts another member of the family e.g. physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or financially. Click  on Domestic violence for more information.